(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- The unemployment rate in New Mexico dipped slightly in October, dropping to 6.5 percent, remaining above the national average.
According to the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions, the state unemployment rate slipped by 0.1 percent, from 6.6 percent to 6.5 percent, and is just slightly lower than the 6.8 percent it registered in October 2013. The national average, however, dropped from 7.2 percent to 5.9 percent in the last year.
The NMDWS notes that manufacturing jobs, professional and business services jobs and construction jobs all decreased in October. About 200 fewer government employees -- at the federal, state or local levels -- were employed in October than September.
In the last calendar year, the state has gained about 9,100 jobs.
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